Elements of Hermeneutic Pragmatics: Agency and Interpretation by Tahir WoodElements of Hermeneutic Pragmatics: Agency and Interpretation by Tahir Wood

Elements of Hermeneutic Pragmatics: Agency and Interpretation

byTahir Wood

Paperback | December 16, 2014

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Can linguistic pragmatics be developed without the need to formulate rules, criteria or maxims? The author argues that rules as they have been conceived of within pragmatics, particularly speech act theory, are limiting and out of step with the linguistic science of recent decades.
Using a hermeneutic approach to pragmatics, this book seeks to bring pragmatics closer to the cognitive paradigm that has transformed the other branches of the linguistic and communication sciences, with the help of developments in certain neighbouring disciplines such as philosophy, sociology and narratology. The elements that are opened up to pragmatics in this approach include some new conceptions of intentionality, intertextuality, communicative action and literary authorship, as well as the subjectivity of interpretation, which by its very nature ceaselessly transforms all forms of communication in its historical spiral.
Tahir Wood is currently Director of Academic Planning at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. He completed his PhD in 1994 at the University of Cape Town under the supervision of the author J.M. Coetzee and has taught English and linguistics at several South African universities. His interests are in pragmatics, semantic...
Title:Elements of Hermeneutic Pragmatics: Agency and InterpretationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:December 16, 2014Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034318839

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Table of Contents

Contents: Introducing Key Concepts – Beyond Rules: The Necessity of Interpretation – Intention and Interpretation – The Structure of Agency in Language, Communication and Society – Agency, Habit and Genre – The Evolution of Narrative Genres – Hermeneutic Elements of Reading – An Author is an Agent and an Agent is Purposive – The Worlds of Author, Character and Reader Intertwined – Summary of Implications and Testable Hypotheses.

Editorial Reviews

«Absorbing theories from philosophy, cognitive linguistics, sociology and narratology into his work, Wood has brought readers and researchers of pragmatics a newvoice and a new face with his HP, which is undoubtedly an inspiration to researchers of pragmatics, linguistics and other neighboring disciplines.»
(Haicui Zheng, Discourse Studies 18/5 2016)